June 17th, 2008
03:13 PM ET
7 years ago

Underwhelming post-Clinton bounce for Obama

Obama is leading McCain in the latest CNN Poll of Polls.
Obama is leading McCain in the latest CNN Poll of Polls.

(CNN)— Barack Obama is leading John McCain in the first General Election CNN Poll of Polls since Hillary Clinton ended her presidential bid.

Obama is ahead of McCain by five points, 46 percent to 41 percent. That’s up one point from Friday’s poll of polls, which showed the Illinois senator leading McCain 47 percent to 43 percent.

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said, “Hillary Clinton's decision to suspend her campaign and endorse Obama seems to have produced little or no bounce for Obama.”

The fact that Obama’s lead did not increase more significantly since Clinton ended her campaign and endorsed the Illinois senator is “an indication that Clinton supporters may need more than one speech to rally behind the party's nominee,” said Holland. “Since the end of January, Obama's edge in the weekly Poll of Polls has always been in the low single digits, but it's worth noting that he has consistently been ahead of McCain week after week for about four months.”

The national General Election poll of polls has no sampling error and consists of three surveys conducted between June 12 and June 16: Gallup (June 14-16), Cook/RT Strategies (June 12-15), and ABC/Washington Post (June 12-15).


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (262 Responses)
  1. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    BUSH, MCBUSH & CHANEY RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR

    $4.00GAS. AND IF MCBUSH ELECTED YOU WILL, WILL

    PAY $10.00 A GALLON. WE PAY $55.00 PER BARREL, BUT

    THE BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS DEREGULATION HAS THE

    SPECTATORS BUMPING THE PRICE. IF YOU HAVE STOCK

    IN THOSE COMPANIES, YOU WILL DO GREAT. THE REST OF

    US WILL DO CRAPIE.

    June 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    CNN just calls the bitter people!

    June 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Jack Crawford

    If three independent polls have sampling errors then the average will also have an error. It doesn't go away just because it's not easy to calculate.

    June 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Willam from Texas

    Make Clinton your VP and watch the numbers rise.

    Obama/Clinton 08

    June 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I suspect that many people who were going to support Clinton were already answering that they would support Obama as well. There may also be those that are covered in these polling questions that were covered before.

    June 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. sacto joe

    So? It's a long way to November.

    When people realize that they can vote for stay the course (McCain) or change (Obama), it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which way they'll break.

    June 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Mike D

    CNN = Hillary or Mccain 08

    June 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Marlie:

    They won't get the Hillary votes as long as there is a Lanny Davis, Puma etc. It is beyond me why Hillary supporters would vote for McCain when his platform is so alien to them. The race was won by Obama fair and square. The Hillary supporters have to stop wollowing, acknowledge that Obama won and most of all grow up.

    June 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. RyanD.

    Every day CNN says a different thing....8 points, 5 points, 10 points.

    Enough polls.

    June 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Arkansas Undertaker

    This is beacuse of the long grulling and bitter battle with Senator Clinton. The Primary season wore voters out and made them really angry.

    It is still too early to be polling anybody this Election Season.

    Obama/Clinton 2008

    June 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Character Content Examination

    Here we go – I can see it coming now...

    It's all Hillary's fault. She isn't out there campaigning for Obama. She stayed in the race to long. Wah, wah, wah...

    Well, if he can't win on his own record and with his own ideas then he doesn't deserve to win.

    June 17, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Pablo

    Can't wait for Hillary supporters to elect McCain. Might as well get my VISA ready.

    June 17, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Kenneth

    Can we untill after both coventions stop with the daily polls

    June 17, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Peggy

    I do hope Hilary Clinton's supporters come around.
    They are Democrats, so they should not be sad because she lost the Nominee. Another Democrat won it, but she did a rather great job.
    They should think about how hard she worked so that the Democrats can win the White House. All of her work will be in vain if the do not regroup. Come Democrate, look for the future and support Obama.

    June 17, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. ab

    people – some people tend to be loyal. Loyal to Hillary. Loyal to their families, etc. So this is why it is not this big swing towards O. Why O. campaign and those analysts polls cannot realize this?

    June 17, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. peter kahara

    Good start for NOBAMA 2008 ? Exit polls from WV and KY holds the undeniable truth. Mccain 08 and Hillary 12.
    Deal with that reality, NOBAMA.
    Peter.

    June 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. rachel

    Maybe tell his supporters to enjoy their victory instead of beating up on Hillary and maybe he will start doing better in the polls, oh wait his supporters don't need us don't need florida, but he wants michigan.

    June 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. JJ

    It's only June. :-(

    June 17, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Xena

    IT WILL ONLY GO DOWN FROM HERE. MORE DIRT ON NOBAMA EVERYDAY AND THE DNC ALSO. THEY ARE TRYING TO TRICK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WELL IT WON'T WORK.
    EVERYONE OPEN YOUR EYES BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!
    DO NOT PUT THIS JOKER IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!
    WRITE IN HILLARY, VOTE MCCAIN – ANYTHING BUT NOBAMA!!

    June 17, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. BJ

    This is what Hillary supporters have been saying to everyone, but seems they have to learn the hard way.

    When we say NO to Obama for November, we mean it! This is in retaliation to what the DNC has done, the press/media for their pro-Obama tactics during the primary, and to Obama surrogates & supporters, who treated Hillary and supporters with disrespect.

    The deed is done... how do they expect to win us back? Words???

    June 17, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. David Newport, OR

    Why is this surprising? Can you say divisive? Can you say polarizing? Wouldn't you expect the followers to be cut from the same mold as the leader? What really matters, is will they cut off their nose in spite of themself come November? Are they willing to put America through 4 more years of turmoil just to have an opportunity to get their candidate nominated in 2012? Sad that it is this simple. Politics at its finest.

    June 17, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Carol, San Luis Obispo, CA

    Why would anyone be surprised that the Hillary-effect isn't producing a bounce for Obama. She couldn't produce a bounce for her own campaign after losing Iowa.

    Believe this fizzle is indicative of how the Clintons are no longer in favor with the Democrat party.

    June 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    I don't think he's going to need a bounce. I think his support is going to slowly and steadily build.

    We still have five months.

    June 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Deborah

    Let's get behind the nominee, but Obama supporters need to retract their claws. Hillary ran an outstanding campaign and made a gracious exit. Let's move on and defeat the Republicans. We're going to be cleaning up their messes for years to come. Let's not give them another chance to make more!

    June 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Voice of Reason

    Once the women start finding out what McCain is about, they will decide in favour of Obama.

    June 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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